Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie

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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.

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Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.

You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.

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Chicken Salad | Veganized

One of my favorite foods before going vegetarian was chicken salad. After going vegetarian, and then vegan I was afraid I’d never be able to enjoy the same flavor, and texture again… but I was wrong. At a local health food store in Boone I discovered a pre-made vegan chicken salad and realized that I could recreate it at home and save a lot of money.

Most people are hesitant about giving up meat, dairy, or eggs because they don’t want to miss out on some of their favorite foods. But once you start to realize the amazing plant-based alternatives out there it makes it a whole lot easier! This recipe is just as easy (if not easier) than your typical animal meat-based chicken salad and it’s also much healthier.

The Beyond Meat chicken strips (and all of their products) are one of the best meat-alternatives on the market. Their ingredients are all plant-based and the texture and flavor of all of their products is mind-blowing. The chicken strips have absolutely no saturated fat, and provide a great source of iron and protein.

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Just Mayo is an awesome product to have on hand if you’re trying to eat more plant-based or if you are a mayonnaise lover and want to use a healthier alternative. I found a huge jar at Walmart for only $3.75!               1baa5e59-1014-4f66-8f85-3dbde9077306_1.d455b24fca561bc90f0622c6419a9153

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Veganized

Today, I bring to you an epic VEGAN oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that will blow your mind. They are super easy, and don’t have any crazy/hard to find ingredients.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup flour (gluten free, whole wheat, white, almond, coconut flour, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. molasses (or maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used some by Equal Exchange that are vegan)

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Spring Rolls | Veganized

I’ve recently discovered not only how to make spring rolls, but how delicious they are. I always thought they looked so complicated, but I’m so glad I realized that they really aren’t difficult to make at all and make a perfect meal. For this recipe, I’m not only going to give you a recipe, but walk you through exactly how to make them! I’m also throwing in a yummy peanut sauce that you can dip the spring rolls in.

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Spring rolls

Ingredients:

  • Spring roll wrappers / rice paper (found at most grocery stores in the international section, at an Asian market, or online)
  • Carrots: thinly sliced
  • Cabbage: thinly sliced
  • Cucumber: thinly sliced
  • Sprouts
  • 1 avocado

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Roasted Beets with Sautéed Garlic Beet Greens

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Beets can be extremely intimidating if you’ve never tried them, or cooked with them. I thought I’d do a little “how-two” for anyone that wants to experience the beauty of the beet!

Beets are extremely nutritious, and taste so good if you cook them right! They are LOADED with nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. Their beautiful deep red color comes from all their phytonutrients. They are also great food if you’re wanting to detox. I love eating both the beet and the beet greens (which are also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals), so I included how to cook the greens as well for a lovely accompaniment to the beet root. Beets tend to be very bitter, so I’ve found that roasting them is the best way to cook them because it draws out a lot of their sweet flavor and makes them soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. They’re so delicious you just won’t be able to beet them!

Roasted Beets

1-2 Servings

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1 bunch of beets

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp oil (coconut, or flavored olive oil is suggested)

1-2 Tbsp. vegetable stock (optional)

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